10-Year Member
5-Year Member
Nov 29, 2007
We just found out my son got an appointment, but haven't gotten any of the official paperwork yet. I was wondering about orientation. I plan for my son to go, but should both parents go, or is it ok if just one goes? Also, what time are things over. I'd like to catch a late flight Tuesday night, but it looks like the latest leaves around 4:45.

Another question I had is about getting physically prepared. He's been doing some running and weights. How much should he be doing and are there other things he should do?


15-Year Member
Jun 9, 2006
Your son will be returned to you officially around 1500 I think, BUT, like I did at my orientation, you can pick him up earlier if you need to catch a flight. Just have his escort bring him to the field house early to meet you.

It's a great chance for you the parents to get info on what your cadet will be going through and what you can do to help them. I highly suggest at least one parent attending if possible.

Every year us CC forums peeps host an orientation dinner at 4:30 on Sunday evening (all orientations). Feel free to attend! There will be about 30 people at each (8-9 will be current 3 and 4th class cadets).

I'll address the physical part a bit later. Basic is definately about endurance though, weights don't help you too much there.